Mining, Oil & Gas
RFI provides essential wireless communications solutions to the Resources Sector delivering extended coverage for reliable voice and data in the demanding environments in the mining, oil and gas industries throughout the world.
Remote monitoring pipeline upgrade
A major utilities infrastructure provider with almost 30,000km of gas pipelines required a significant upgrade to their SCADA network which utilised Maxon 2G modems and RTU’s for remote monitoring. The challenge of changing the sites from 2G to 3G was a significant one as many of these sites were located in remote areas making access and reliability important factors in their decision. Once the system; which required the use of DNP3 protocol digital, digital and analogue inputs to monitor gas pressure, was developed and tested, Maxon pre-configured each modem and also provided the firmware necessary for final site specific configuration. In addition, Maxon also provided a training program for the technicians to teach them how to integrate the equipment. In addition to product reliability, aiding the final decision was a significant cost saving (approx. $200,000) as a result of using the Maxon solution. This was due to the comms being customised to work with the existing RTU’s – therefore avoiding the need to also replace these RTU’s.
Mining Coverage Solutions- Above and Below Ground
RFI was involved in the system upgrade of an existing P25 digital system at the Cadia Valley Mine in New South Wales. The upgraded system provided pivotal communications for all radio users – from the radio operator on a hand held radio underground to the heavy vehicle driver operating in and around the mine above ground.
Mining Coverage Solutions - Underground
RFI facilitated the extended VMRS (Voice Mobile Radio System) coverage within the underground areas at a major mineral resources provider in Western Australia. The extended coverage specifically links the communications of the rail car dumpers and a conveyer belt tunnel under the harbour to the Port Hedland terminal and ore transfer stations above ground
Oil and Gas Coverage Solutions- Hazardous Work Environment
RFI has been involved in the supply of coverage solutions at hundreds of oil and gas refineries throughout the world. The hazardous work environment means the employees of Oil and Gas platforms need coverage throughout the platform and to ensure overall operational efficiency. Through the use of RFI’s signal distribution solutions, coverage is obtained in places where coverage normally just won’t go. RFI’s coverage solutions are found on floating platforms, ships and fixed platforms in every ocean in the globe.